PSA shines light on unsolved 2011 hit-and-run
An Indianapolis mother is searching for clues to find the hit-and-run driver that killed her teenaged daughter three years ago.
The 2011 cold case has a new public service announcement, thanks to Ball State University and Crime Stoppers.
"My kids are my world and your heart stops beating," said Britt Cave.
Cave and her daughter, Hunter, still pain from losing 13-year-old Hadleigh in a March 2011 hit-and-run crash. She shared family photos with Eyewitness News and her hopes about the new PSA designed to generate new leads.
"Had they had stopped that night or had they even surfaced days after, I would have no problems with the driver, because I know, or I feel in my heart of hearts it was an accident," Cave said.
The fatal hit-and-run happened March 5, 2011, near Franklin and Thompson roads. A roadside cross now marks the spot where Hadleigh and three friends were walking when a driver struck her and kept going.
"We don't leave dogs on the side of the road, people stop. My daughter on the side of the road like she was nobody," Cave said.
Sgt. Steve Dubois at Crime Stoppers helped recruit Ball State students to create public service announcements on cold cases. Although the chance of finding the driver won't bring Hadleigh Cave back, it provides a new hope, not only for her family, but for police, as well.
"The greatest hope is to let the families know we still care and are still trying to solve these cases. If we solve one or not, that's a bonus," Dubois said.
Life will never be the same for Hadleigh's family, but answers would at least bring a little closure.
"It changes every single part of your life," Cave said.
If you have any information that could help police in the case, call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.